After the critical failure that was the Dungeons & Dragons movie in 2000, Hollywood is getting ready to release Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves on March 3, 2023, as a way of rebooting the franchise completely. While it remains to be seen if the movie will actually be the hit fans hope for, it looks like it has a good shot.
Of course, Dungeons & Dragons isn’t the only franchise needing a reboot. There are many movies that came out at the wrong time or were just developed by the wrong team, and those IPs could really benefit from having a major Hollywood reboot.
While The Mask saw some success from its release in 1994, it didn’t reach the heights that it could have. “I’m still surprised with the success of things like Deadpool and The Boys, no one has given The Mask another shot with a tone more like the original comics,” says Reddit user oco82.
While it certainly showcased why its hero belongs in jail, it could stand to have something closer to the comics’ tone, where the franchise serves as a dark satire of American politics. Of course, given that the original didn’t bother to mimic that style at all, a reboot can give the chance at a real adaptation.
The Splinter Cell franchise has been a major piece of the gaming world for decades, which is why it’s so strange that it has yet to receive more than a short film adaptation. “I’m surprised they aren’t just plastering Tom Clancy’s name into every action or political thriller movie they can,” says Reddit user Toadsicle1.
While a Splinter Cell movie is finally in development after years of work, it’s a shock it came this late. The franchise seems like a slam dunk, especially since it won’t have to worry about the lore that bogs down other video game movies. Instead, a simple thriller could be everything fans are looking for.
While Indiana Jones has been a top seller for years, it’s about time the franchise actually gets a Hollywood reboot. After all, it already missed its window, according to Redditor The-Mandalorian, who says, “Honestly having no Harrison Ford Indiana Jones movies in the 1990’s was a massive missed opportunity.”
While the franchise is planning to release Indiana Jones 5, a reboot might be a better opportunity to modernize the series and have a more relatable protagonist who can do more believable stunts. Besides, Indiana Jones is a much easier sell than the fifth iteration of a single franchise, especially since The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull ruined a great franchise.
The Dresden Files
While it’s an incredibly popular book series, The Dresden Files has yet to have a successful on-screen adaptation. Though a TV show was certainly attempted, it felt like little more than another bland investigation show with little else to offer to its fans.
“Deserves another effort that is loyal to the novels,” says Redditor JediTigger. A movie focusing on one investigation while exploring character relationships, the world-building, and the magical creatures around Harry Dresden could be enough to completely revitalize the franchise as a major success.
With the rise of the superhero genre, many old franchises are getting serious reboots. After all, Batman has been in more reboots than most fans can count. That’s why there are calls for reboots for “Early pulp heroes like The Shadow, The Phantom, Doc Savage, etc. I know Shadow and Phantom have had movies but I feel like these early heroes could really benefit from modern movies,” says Reddit user leejtam.
Having better graphics, a more serious look into the characters, and considerably less camp could be a great way to bring those characters to life in a way that has never really been attempted. As the first costumed hero, the Phantom deserves another shot.
The book series that terrified countless kids over the years, Animorphs still has a loyal following and can bring hordes of nostalgic fans into a theatre. “A new/better Animorphs TV show or movie would do some crazy numbers,” says Reddit user luciddreams9.
Though it had a TV adaptation in 1998, given the current draw superheroes have, it could do major numbers in 2022. Besides, stronger graphics can help make transformations more believable as characters morph from humans into animals and back. Less laughable morphs could make the series far more viable.
Though Dragon Ball suffered one of the worst live-action adaptations in history, there’s still a chance at a successful reboot. “The franchise is still hugely popular in the US but even more so internationally. Once they figure that out they’re going to make billions,” PhillyTaco says on Reddit.
Whether the reboot is live-action or an animated feature, there’s still major potential for the franchise. If a fanbase can survive an adaptation that butchered its characters, it can certainly carry a properly done adaptation with suitable effects and a more interesting villain.
One of the most popular IPs, Mickey Mouse is one of Disney World’s stars, yet he hasn’t had the chance to feature on-screen in anything more than the occasional TV show or cartoon. “While they had moderate to good success on the small screen, there hasn’t been a 2D or 3D movie since forever, while Tom & Jerry (the movie) and the Looney Tunes (Space Jam 2) at least tried a comeback,” shared by Redditor BittenHeroes.
Given that Disney is currently leading an era of rebooting animated movies in live-action contexts, there’s a perfect opportunity for a reboot that brings Mickey Mouse to movie theaters again. Besides, it would just be fun to see the little mouse getting into hijinx again.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Given the failure of the 2014 big-screen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adaptation, it may be worth it to see the turtles entirely rebooted in theaters. Reddit user BusinessPurge recommends a “Practical suit TMNT. It’s amazing what they pulled off in the 90’s, new technology could probably make the suits even more “lifelike” and expressive.”
An adaptation focusing on the turtles, rather than human companions, could be a lot of fun, especially if it sticks to the comedic tone of the shows or even adapts the dark satire of the comics. There’s endless potential for the franchise, especially if it tries to mimic the best episodes of the original cartoon.
While it’s had a few adaptations on the small-screen since the original series, in the days of superheroes and live-action adaptations, the He-Man franchise needs to be revisited. As Reddit user Knuc85 says, “Kinda surprised we haven’t seen a live-action He-Man remake.”
Considering how terrifying villains like Skeletor could be on-screen, it would be a lot of fun to actually get to see a great He-Man depiction focusing on the universe’s strongest hero. It could take audiences by surprise and could certainly prove to be an instant hit.
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